Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)
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"A good laugh."
Loved it, could not put it down, a read in one go if there ever was one. I Enjoyed It!
"It's no wonder this book has sold 6 million copies"
heart warming, witty and captivating- this is a story of adventure and friendship. I couldn't stop listening
"A wonderful book"
I loved this book - I had no idea what to expect and from the off I found it to be a book that I didn't want to put down. The whole story was interesting, funny and thoroughly entertaining with a lovely bunch of characters. If only more old people were like that! The narrator was excellent.
The best fiction i have had from audible. Top marks in all areas especially the narration
"Enjoyably light literature"
Whereas the actual story turn out to be rather lame, the flashbacks to the past of the old man are highly enjoyable. Towards the end, however, the books loses some of its spirit and becomes repetitive.
a brilliantly written book and one of the best I've listened to. would definitely recommend.
"Kept a grin on my face right from the outset."
Overall a great, well written piece in a light hearted style which depicts a story I could actually imagine in some parallel political universe actually being true - it would certainly explain a few events in history.
The narration was excellent and for me the narrator really did act out the story aloud. I could feel myself almost sitting down round the kitchen table and listening to the Allan recount his tales.
The best book in my audible library. The narration is great. The storyline perfect. Hilarious old man.
Don't think he could have helped it but did remind me of a children's book narration
Loved this book. The story is so well put together and done with excellent humour.
I'd definitely recommend it!
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